Apr 29, 2011

happily ever after - The Royal Wedding

I can't believe I haven't blogged in nearly a week! I'm back in Utah and catching up on everything. I feel super busy and I'm running out of steam. Soon I will be around to all of your blogs as well to see what you all have been up to! I'll also post some pictures from my trip to CA. I had so much fun and miss CA, my love, and friends so much already!

Please keep my grandpa in your prayers - he's back in the hospital with an infection and he's fighting hard! We're all concerned for him but know that God will take care of him. I was able to see him while I was in CA and it was really hard to see him suffering. No one likes to be stuck in a hospital bed. It was neat seeing a nurse who was taking care of him pray for him and be there for him. I know he's in good hands and I know that he's in God's hands. :)

I haven't kept up that much on The Royal Wedding but I'm looking forward to seeing it tomorrow. I'm not getting up super early but I am instead recording it to watch when I wake up! I love my sleep more than The Royal Wedding unfortunately. :) However, I can't wait to catch up on the lovely event tomorrow and let you know what I think! I thought I would celebrate on my blog early to get the excitement rolling...

I love this picture of the princes with princess Diana - it brings back memories. May Diana rest in peace. What a lovely lady full of grace, dignity, and beauty. I still miss her to this day. I'm sure she's looking down from heaven watching her eldest son wed. I wish she could have been here on his wedding day.
William and Kate bring out the word fairy tale and everyone loves a nice fairy tale, right? I like to think so. I really hope that the media or nothing for that matter can come between them. I hope that one day if William reigns that he will be a just and wonderful ruler. I hope together this couple can make a stand and keep the word fairy tale alive.
I found some lovely photos that remind me of happily ever after.
Let's embrace it, shall we?
 So by the time you read this it will be the morning after The Royal Wedding. 
What did you think? Did it meet your expectations?  
Do you believe that Kate and William 
will live happily ever after?

I know it will take a lot of work on their part.
It takes a lot of work for anyone in a relationship! 
But I'm a believer that happily ever after does exist. It truly does.

Do you believe in happily ever after?

Apr 17, 2011

Guest post by Jennifer - how Facebook ruins marriages

Yay!! I can't believe I'm here on Sierra's fabulous blog! It is so pretty over here. Well, in case you don't know me, I am Jennifer Fabulous from I Know, Right?.

My guest post regards a somber topic, I'm afraid.

You see, I am 27 years old and I already know six girls my age who are getting divorced.

Wanna know the details? I'll give you one hint: Facebook.

It happened to me five years ago.

I wasn't married, but this is my story:

I was in a serious relationship with "James." (Names changed to protect the guilty). We had been together for six months, when I started to notice a random girl, "Liz," writing on his wall. It started with friendly comments and then they got flirtatious. She also commented on his photos ("you are SO hot" was a common phrase). When I confronted him about it, James laughed and said Liz was some random girl who added him as a friend. He didn't even know her.

A month later, James broke up with me. An hour later, he was listed in a relationship with Liz.

One year later, I finally got the whole story from James. Apparently, Liz was browsing through guys in our city and came across him. She thought he was hot and added him. Not caring he was listed in a relationship with me, she started commenting on his wall and his photos. Then, the messages started. She wrote him that she was lonely and sad and didn't have anyone to turn to. The messages grew longer until they started getting romantic.

Within the next five years after my break up with James, I would encounter seven more incidents similar to mine. Some highlights: A coworker got divorced because a random college girl started messaging her husband and eventually stole him away. A high school friend got divorced because her husband met another girl in their new town using the site. A college acquaintance broke down sobbing at a Starbucks to me about her now-ex fiance secretly messaging his ex-girlfriend.

And at this moment, I know six girls in their twenties getting divorced because of a Facebook-related incident.

That's a big freaking deal.

Right now, there are dozens of churches across the United States banning Facebook from its members, citing it is a leading cause of divorce.

A recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that 81 percent of divorce attorneys have seen an increase in the number of cases using social networking evidence during the past five years. More than 66 percent of those attorneys said the No. 1 site most often used as evidence is Facebook.

Another recent survey by Divorce-Online.co.uk of more than 5,000 petitions says Facebook is mentioned in about 20 percent of divorce cases.

There is even a popular website Facebook Cheating which specifically deals with this phenomenon.

I don't know about you, but this gives me chills. This is the stuff historians are going to be talking about in 100 years.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think Facebook is the actual cause of cheating. It is simply a tool that makes it insanely easy. It provides people, who may not have cheated otherwise, with a temptation no other generation has had before.

Scary, isn't it?

I'm not a marriage expert by any means, but I know several happily married couples who have a system that may work. Here is my advice based on them:

Know your spouse's Facebook password and give him yours. I'm not saying you two should check each other's facebook profiles every single day, scrutinizing every detail for guilt. It just means you two have nothing to hide.

That way, you can enjoy connecting with friends and family on Facebook, without the worry.

Obviously this advice isn't for everybody. I know how uncomfortable it can be, having even innocent messages to your bff read by your significant other.

But it works for some.

What advice do you have for couples regarding Facebook? Do you know any relationships or marriages destroyed by the site?

PS. A big thanks to Sierra for letting me guest post!

Apr 14, 2011

crazy beach girl

I'd like to interrupt our regular scheduled guest blog posts 
for a hint of what I've been up to, 
ie a lot of fun in the sun at the beach!

So most of the time I'm serious, happy, and honest on this blog.

But - did you know that I am a little crazy too?!
I'm crazy at the beach that is. 
I just loooooooooooove the beach!!

Look - I'm jumping in mid air!
Stay tuned for another guest post, this time by Jennifer Fabulous on Saturday
while I'm away having more fun with BK at the beach and whatever else
we decide to do. I'm enjoying myself!!

By the way - thanks for visiting Molly's guest post {below} and thanks for
all of your sweet compliments on my hair! I admit I am still getting used to it-
It is well, rather short, but all for a good cause though! ;)

I know I say this every post but have you entered into the NuMe giveaway?
It ends tomorrow!!!!!
 Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Apr 9, 2011

new girl crush Minka Kelly

I'm in CA where it's warm, sunny, and where my love is. I couldn't be happier except for when it decides to rain. Seriously - how dare the rain appear in sunny CA! BK & I have been relaxing, eating yummy food, and yesterday we ate our lunch at the beach! It was nice to soak up some sun and get away during our work day. I admit this is something I love the most about being a freelancer - me being able to get away for a longer
lunch than normal!

I've had a girl crush on Minka Kelly for a while now.
Have you heard of her? She's a 31 year old actress from Los Angeles, CA who originally was going to be a surgical technician before getting hooked on acting. She's gorgeous, a single mom, and you also may know her originally from Friday Night Lights. That's where my girl crush began. I loooved her chemistry with Taylor Kitsch on the show and was a little bitter when the producers didn't get them back together at the very last episode. Perhaps Minka didn't want to appear on the last show? I'm not sure, but I miss them together!!
If I could have chosen the kind of romance that I wanted in High School I would have had Lyla & Tim's romance. It was hot, sexy, and he was the bad guy and she was the good girl. She managed to change his ways a bit - but he still stayed good ol' Tim Riggins.

I had no idea that Minka's dad was the lead guitarist Rick Dufay from Aerosmith and her mom was a show girl in Las Vegas. Maybe that is where she gets her exotic looks! Recently Minka has started to play in bigger roles such as The Kingdom, The Roommate (I have seen neither), and in the closing scene of 500 Days of Summer. I didn't care for 500 Days of Summer but that closing scene with Minka (without giving away the plot) makes me want to watch the movie again. I loved how they seamlessly weaved that love story in at the last minute. Currently they are filming Charlie's Angels, a TV movie which she is set to star in.

But moving on - let's look at some amazing pictures of Minka!
 I'm secretly hoping that Minka will grab some huge roles in the coming years in bigger films. She's such a gorgeous actress and I hope that producers recognize her talent!

Well I better get back to working and then having some fun with BK!
I hope you all have an amazing weekend.

You have 5 more days to enter into the NuMe Meet & Greet Giveaway!!

Apr 7, 2011

I gave my hair to locks of love & CA here I come!

Hello lovely ocean dreamers!
So I'm staying up late to get one last post in before I head to CA.
I'll try my best to post as frequently as I can but I want to spend every moment
available to me with my love whom I have not seen in 2 months!
I'll do my best to keep up with all of your blogs too. :)

I had an hair appointment planned today
and the plan was to trim my hair and get my bangs back.
However, I had been itching for a change and when I sat down 
I asked Sarah how many inches I should get cut off of my hair for it to be healthy.
She replied at least two inches. I thought that was doable but I didn't want that to 
take away from my length because I was trying to keep it as long as possible so I 
could donate it to Locks of Love. So next I asked her how much hair I would
have left if I decided today to give my hair to Locks of Love.
She measured my hair and showed me. I guess I didn't realize
how much hair I had. So I decided today was the day.

Well, I guess I reached my goal to give away my hair in April 
rather than 2012. I wanted to originally keep my hair until I got
married because it is my dream to have 
long flowing hair for my wedding day.
However, today I thought to myself: 
"My hair is just that. Hair. Somebody needs
this more than me." 
 I'm not posting this to get praise.  
I appreciated all of the sweet
compliments on Twitter but honestly - 
I want to see you ladies, if you feel like this
is how you want to give, to give your hair to 
Locks of Love too.  

It's an easy way to make a difference in someone's life. 
Someone (a little girl) needs the hair 
when you can easily grow yours back. 
That is what made me decide to give my hair away today. 
My hair can grow back and
I can get extensions for my wedding in the future 
(I'm not even engaged, ha ha) so why not? 
So it was decided and Sarah cut my hair.
I felt good about my decision. 
Something in me was nudging me
to give away my hair to someone in need.
Here is what my new hair style looks like:
I'm still not used to it. I keep reaching up wondering where
it all went! I like the lighter feel of it however.

Wanna see my 10" of hair that I am going to send in?
It kind of looks funny but here you go. I took a picture of it
by the door way because I loved the sunlight and the background
of my backyard with the nature, which reminded me of hope. 
Hope is what you and I provide when we help someone in need. :)
So there you have it. I'm excited to surprise BK because he doesn't
even know that I chopped off my hair! He he I wonder if he will even notice.
No offense to our men but sometimes they just don't even realize when you
get your hair done or cut, lol. I would think he would notice that I cut my 
hair though since I have 10" inches less of my hair. :)

I can't wait to head to Cali. 
What do I have waiting for me there?
Well, this amazing man for one.
Ha ha this picture of him at Disneyland makes me laugh. :)
The beach. Need I say more? Oh and that's BK's reflection.
He takes pictures of the beach all of the time for me and e-mails
them to me. I love that.
All of my Southern CA food is amazing, especially this Greek salad.

Okay I better head to bed!
I hope you all are having an amazing week.
Don't forget to enter into NuMe's Meet & Greet Giveaway! :)